Fenugreek is an herb, and fenugreek seeds have traditionally been used as a culinary spice, giving foods a nutty flavor while adding the nutritional value of healthy vitamins and minerals.
Just one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds provides 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 20 percent of the recommended daily intake.
What are the health benefits of fenugreek seeds?
1. Control blood sugar
One study found that adding 15 grams of fenugreek seed powder soaked in water significantly reduced blood sugar levels after eating in people with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Insulin levels decreased after study participants consumed fenugreek seed powder.
2. Reduce cholesterol
Another study found that people with type 1 diabetes who took 50 grams of fenugreek powder twice a day for 10 days had lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol.
3. Optimize Digestive Health
Because fenugreek seeds are high in fiber, containing 3 grams of soluble fiber per tablespoon, fenugreek seeds can help relieve bloating and difficult bowel movements. Its analgesic properties also help relieve digestive discomfort, creating a protective film on the gastrointestinal lining to help relieve irritation.